Destinations: La Selva Biological Station & Bosque de Paz

La Selva Biological Station is one of the fascinating rainforests on earth. Home of thousands of species including favourites such as Fer de Lance, Red-eyed Leaf Frog, Bullet Ants and many more.

Bosque de Paz is a marvellous hideaway, very little known to the general public except for keen birders, this extraordinary cloud forest is located between volcanoes and waterfalls. Lush evergreen forest waiting to be discovered, orchids, incredible beetles, rare frogs and so much yet to capture. Between comfort and wild this is probably the best description of this private preserve.

Day by Day

Day 1. Departure from San Jose to Braulio Carrillo National Park is an hour's worth of drive into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s natural treasures. 4 hours a moderate to easy hike to capture all we can see from lady bugs to Pit vipers, a fantastic destination for flora macro photography as well. Dozens of leave shapes, colourful flowers, intricant seeds and weird-looking seedpods. Nature is everywhere.

After many hours of gathering for wonderful images a well deserved lunch at your resting La Selva. Time to charge the camera battery and repose for the night hike.

• Pick up time 7:00 am

• Arrival to Braulio Carrillo Quebrada Gonzales 8:30 am aprox.

• Lunch 1:00 pm

• 3:30 pm Garden & forest exploring

• Dinner 6:30 PM

• Nocturnal macro photography 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Day 2. Breakfast and explore local trails. The most well-studied rainforest on earth, heaven for scientists, birders and nature photographers. Trail explorations until 10:00 am; continue our photographic journey to Bosque de Paz a Forest of Peace and overwhelming biodiversity.

• Breakfast 7:30 am

• Lunch 1:00 pm at Bosque de Paz

• Explore hotel cloud forest

• Dinner 6:30 pm

• Night hike 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Day 3. Orchid Garden, lunch and follow to transfer back to San Jose.

• Breakfast 7:30 am

• Orchid Garden 8:30 am

• Lunch and check out 1:00 pm

• Drive to San Jose 1 ½ hours departure time 


This journeys trip will focus on:

Focal styles and focal points
Recommended Aperture/DOF
Suggested lighting systems
Storyteller a journalist approach

Additional Information


• Small hiking backpack for day trips

• Small first aid kit

• Binoculars

• Camera (optional) OR we can provide Nikon DSLR

• Sunglasses

• Sunblock and Bug Spray

• Several pencils

• Daily journal

• A passport purse (to carry money, credit cards, etc... wear it close to your body)

• Any needed medications, anti-diarrhoea, or any prescriptions

• Torch/Flashlight


• Tennis shoes with good traction or hiking shoes with ankle support (waterproof)

• Comfortable sandals or flip flops

• Swimming wear

• Neutral colour clothing for camouflage

• Several cool long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts

• Hat for sun protection (breathable)

• 2-3 pairs of lightweight long pants for rainforest hikes

• Lightweight rain jacket (neutral colour only)

• Casual beach clothing (t-shirts, shorts, sun dresses)

• Long pants and a fast-drying sweater for the city/mountains (temp. are cooler can reach 3.5 degrees celsius)

• Wellingtons/rubber boots can be bought in Costa Rica for $15-30 USD


• Traveler's checks (American Express or Visa) (can exchange some of them for Colones at the local banks or hotel front desk)

• About $50-200 in cash (not tears in bills, small bills are better)

• Visa credit cards are widely accepted in Costa Rica, except in rural towns (keep the phone number of credit card companies separate.)

• Passport

• Photocopies of passports and driver’s licenses (kept in a separate place)

• Use a credit card to call the US from your hotel room or local pone

• You can also purchase a phone card here for international calls ($9 for 12 minutes to the US)

General Topics

Mind Map